Braintree, MA

Monday October 19, 2020
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7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Virtual Nonfiction Book Club

Cover of the book SpookThis month's book is: A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless by Danielle Steel.

For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked anonymously, visiting the "cribs" of the city's most vulnerable citizens under cover of darkness, distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she is speaking to bring attention to their plight.

In this unflinchingly honest and deeply moving memoir, the famously private author speaks out publicly for the first time about her work among the most desperate members of our society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the way--and issues a heartfelt call for more effective action to aid this vast, deprived population. Determined to supply the homeless with the basic necessities to keep them alive, she ends up giving them something far more powerful: a voice.

By turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steel's A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation, which will be sent the day before the meeting. Register online through this calendar listing, in person at the Reference Desk or over the phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome.

CONTACT: Moira Cavanagh  781-848-0405 X4417  mcavanagh@braintreema.gov
LOCATION: Conference Room B

Cover of the book SpookThis month's book is: A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless by Danielle Steel.

For eleven years, Danielle Steel took to the streets with a small team to help the homeless of San Francisco. She worked anonymously, visiting the "cribs" of the city's most vulnerable citizens under cover of darkness, distributing food, clothing, bedding, tools, and toiletries. She sought no publicity for her efforts and remained anonymous throughout. Now she is speaking to bring attention to their plight.

In this unflinchingly honest and deeply moving memoir, the famously private author speaks out publicly for the first time about her work among the most desperate members of our society. She offers achingly acute portraits of the people she met along the way--and issues a heartfelt call for more effective action to aid this vast, deprived population. Determined to supply the homeless with the basic necessities to keep them alive, she ends up giving them something far more powerful: a voice.

By turns candid and inspirational, Danielle Steel's A Gift of Hope is a true act of advocacy and love.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation, which will be sent the day before the meeting. Register online through this calendar listing, in person at the Reference Desk or over the phone at 781-848-0405, ext. 4417. 

Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome.

CONTACT:
  Moira Cavanagh
  781.848.0405 X4417
   mcavanagh@braintreema.gov

LOCATION: Conference Room B


Wednesday October 28, 2020
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7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
The Reader's Group Book Club

This month's title has not yet been chosen.

Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome!

CONTACT: Priscilla Crane  781-848-0405 x 4417  brref@ocln.org
LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

This month's title has not yet been chosen.

Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome!

CONTACT:
  Priscilla Crane
  781.848.0405 x 4417
   brref@ocln.org

LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

Tuesday November 10, 2020
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7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
Second Tuesday Book Club

Amazon.com: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel (0760789273896):  Richardson, Kim Michele: Books

This month's discussion is on The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, 320 pages

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything-everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere - even back home.

Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date. This title is also available on Hoopla and Overdrive.

This discussion will be held on Zoom. Please register so that you will recieve the Zoom invitation with meeting access. Intivations will be sent out the day before the meeting.

All readers are always welcome!

Click here to subscribe to the Thayer Public Library e-newletters!

CONTACT: Priscilla Crane  781-848-0405 ex.4417  brref@ocln.org
LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

Amazon.com: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel (0760789273896):  Richardson, Kim Michele: Books

This month's discussion is on The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, 320 pages

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything-everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a story of raw courage, fierce strength, and one woman's belief that books can carry us anywhere - even back home.

Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date. This title is also available on Hoopla and Overdrive.

This discussion will be held on Zoom. Please register so that you will recieve the Zoom invitation with meeting access. Intivations will be sent out the day before the meeting.

All readers are always welcome!

Click here to subscribe to the Thayer Public Library e-newletters!

CONTACT:
  Priscilla Crane
  781.848.0405 ex.4417
   brref@ocln.org

LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

Monday November 16, 2020
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7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Nonfiction Book Club

Cover of the book HeartlandThis month's book is: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh.

"Growing up as one of the working poor has become a familiar theme of memoirs of late, but this book is more than a female-authored Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Smarsh employs an unusual and effective technique, throughout the book addressing her daughter, who does not, in reality, exist. Rather, she's the future that seemed destined for Smarsh, the same future that had been destined for and realized by all the women in her family. Smarsh comes from a long line of women who married young, survived with barely enough money, and continually scrabbled along with low-paying jobs while trying to stay one step ahead of domestic violence or eviction. All of this was to be her legacy despite the strong work ethic, self-sufficiency, and pride that also run in her family. Smarsh was finally able to climb out of difficult circumstances, but her story is a trenchant analysis of the realities of an economic inequality whose cultural divide allows "the powerful to make harmful decisions in policy and politics." Elucidating reading on the challenges many face in getting ahead." -- Booklist

Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome.

CONTACT: Moira Cavanagh  781-848-0405 X4417  mcavanagh@braintreema.gov
LOCATION: Conference Room B

Cover of the book HeartlandThis month's book is: Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh.

"Growing up as one of the working poor has become a familiar theme of memoirs of late, but this book is more than a female-authored Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Smarsh employs an unusual and effective technique, throughout the book addressing her daughter, who does not, in reality, exist. Rather, she's the future that seemed destined for Smarsh, the same future that had been destined for and realized by all the women in her family. Smarsh comes from a long line of women who married young, survived with barely enough money, and continually scrabbled along with low-paying jobs while trying to stay one step ahead of domestic violence or eviction. All of this was to be her legacy despite the strong work ethic, self-sufficiency, and pride that also run in her family. Smarsh was finally able to climb out of difficult circumstances, but her story is a trenchant analysis of the realities of an economic inequality whose cultural divide allows "the powerful to make harmful decisions in policy and politics." Elucidating reading on the challenges many face in getting ahead." -- Booklist

Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome.

CONTACT:
  Moira Cavanagh
  781.848.0405 X4417
   mcavanagh@braintreema.gov

LOCATION: Conference Room B

Wednesday November 25, 2020
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7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
RESCHEDULED -The Reader's Group Book Club

This months book club has been rescheduled to Wednesday evening, December 2 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

CONTACT: Priscilla Crane  781-848-0405 x 4417  brref@ocln.org
LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

This months book club has been rescheduled to Wednesday evening, December 2 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

CONTACT:
  Priscilla Crane
  781.848.0405 x 4417
   brref@ocln.org

LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

Wednesday December 2, 2020
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7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
The Reader's Group Book Club

Tonight's book club was rescheduled from Wednesday, November 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

CONTACT: Priscilla Crane  781-848-0405 x 4417  brref@ocln.org
LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

Tonight's book club was rescheduled from Wednesday, November 25 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

CONTACT:
  Priscilla Crane
  781.848.0405 x 4417
   brref@ocln.org

LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

Tuesday December 8, 2020
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7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
NO Second Tuesday Book Club in December

No meeting in December! See you in January.

 

Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome!

CONTACT: Priscilla Crane  781-848-0405 ex.4417  brref@ocln.org
LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

No meeting in December! See you in January.

 

Book club books are available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome!

CONTACT:
  Priscilla Crane
  781.848.0405 ex.4417
   brref@ocln.org

LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

Monday December 21, 2020
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7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Nonfiction Book Club

Cover of the book A Truck Full of MoneyThis month's book is: A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder.

"For his Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Soul of a New Machine (1981), best-selling nonfiction writer Kidder (Mountains beyond Mountains, 2013) eavesdropped on a team of programmers and computer engineers developing a then cutting-edge minicomputer for the Data General Corporation. Now, 35 years later, Kidder returns to the domain of computer nerds with this profile of Internet entrepreneur Paul English, cofounder of the travel website, Kayak.com. In tracing English's roots from working-class Boston to selling his first start-up company for a cool $33-million, Kidder shows how the brilliant software engineer has succeeded with a rare combination of disdain for authority and the ability to nurture fierce loyalty in his employees, becoming a Pied Piper of geeks. Perhaps English's most surprising idiosyncrasy, however, is his unabashed philanthropy, as embodied in his Summits Education program investing in teachers and a remarkable website devoted to personalized customer service all accomplished while suffering from bipolar disorder. Once again, Kidder hits the mark, painting a riveting portrait of an endearing society outlier and highlighting the rapidly changing trends in today's computer-driven marketplace."-- Booklist

Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome.

CONTACT: Moira Cavanagh  781-848-0405 X4417  mcavanagh@braintreema.gov
LOCATION: Conference Room B

Cover of the book A Truck Full of MoneyThis month's book is: A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder.

"For his Pulitzer Prize-winner, The Soul of a New Machine (1981), best-selling nonfiction writer Kidder (Mountains beyond Mountains, 2013) eavesdropped on a team of programmers and computer engineers developing a then cutting-edge minicomputer for the Data General Corporation. Now, 35 years later, Kidder returns to the domain of computer nerds with this profile of Internet entrepreneur Paul English, cofounder of the travel website, Kayak.com. In tracing English's roots from working-class Boston to selling his first start-up company for a cool $33-million, Kidder shows how the brilliant software engineer has succeeded with a rare combination of disdain for authority and the ability to nurture fierce loyalty in his employees, becoming a Pied Piper of geeks. Perhaps English's most surprising idiosyncrasy, however, is his unabashed philanthropy, as embodied in his Summits Education program investing in teachers and a remarkable website devoted to personalized customer service all accomplished while suffering from bipolar disorder. Once again, Kidder hits the mark, painting a riveting portrait of an endearing society outlier and highlighting the rapidly changing trends in today's computer-driven marketplace."-- Booklist

Book club books will be available for pick up at the circulation desk about one month before the discussion date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome.

CONTACT:
  Moira Cavanagh
  781.848.0405 X4417
   mcavanagh@braintreema.gov

LOCATION: Conference Room B

Wednesday December 23, 2020
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7:15 PM - 8:45 PM
The Reader's Group Book Club

The Readers' Group does not meet in December. See you in January!

Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome!

CONTACT: Priscilla Crane  781-848-0405 x 4417  brref@ocln.org
LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level

The Readers' Group does not meet in December. See you in January!

Book club books are available at the circulation desk about one month before the meeting date and are due back on the night of the discussion.

All readers are always welcome!

CONTACT:
  Priscilla Crane
  781.848.0405 x 4417
   brref@ocln.org

LOCATION: Reading Room - Main Level


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